What is Riemann tensor: Definition and 71 Discussions
In the mathematical field of differential geometry, the Riemann curvature tensor or Riemann–Christoffel tensor (after Bernhard Riemann and Elwin Bruno Christoffel) is the most common way used to express the curvature of Riemannian manifolds. It assigns a tensor to each point of a Riemannian manifold (i.e., it is a tensor field). It is a local invariant of Riemannian metrics which measure the failure of second covariant derivatives to commute. A Riemannian manifold has zero curvature if and only if it is flat, i.e. locally isometric to the Euclidean space. The curvature tensor can also be defined for any pseudo-Riemannian manifold, or indeed any manifold equipped with an affine connection.
It is a central mathematical tool in the theory of general relativity, the modern theory of gravity, and the curvature of spacetime is in principle observable via the geodesic deviation equation. The curvature tensor represents the tidal force experienced by a rigid body moving along a geodesic in a sense made precise by the Jacobi equation.
In the book general relativity by Hobson the gravitational wave of a binary merger is computed in the frame of the binary merger as well as the TT-gauge. I considered what components of the Riemann tensor along the x-axis in both gauges. The equation for the metric in the source and TT-gauge are...
According to Wikipedia, the definition of the Riemann Tensor can be taken as ##R^{\rho}_{\sigma \mu \nu} = dx^{\rho}[\nabla_{\mu},\nabla_{\nu}]\partial_{\sigma}##. Note that I dropped the Lie Bracket term and used the commutator since I'm looking at calculating this w.r.t. the basis. I...
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in equation 3.86 of this online version of Carroll´s lecture notes on general relativity (https://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/level5/March01/Carroll3/Carroll3.html) the covariant derviative of the Riemann tensor is simply given by the partial derivative, the terms carrying the...
I saw briefly that the Riemann tensor can be obtained via Stoke's theorem and parallel transport along a closed curve.
If one does add winding number then it can give several results, does it imply that this tensor is multivalued ?
Could someone please write out or post a link to the Riemann Tensor written out solely in terms of the metric and its first and second derivatives--i.e. with the Christoffel symbol gammas and their first derivatives not explicitly appearing in the formula.
Thanks.
I want to compute the Riemann Tensor of the following metric
$$ds^2 = dr^2+(r^2+b^2)d \theta^2 +(r^2+b^2)\sin^2 \theta d \phi^2 -dt^2$$
Before going through it I'd like to try to predict how many non-trivial components we'd expect to get, based on the Riemann tensor basic rule:
It is...
Tensor of Riemann. Geometric interpretation.
The Riemann tensor gives the variation of a vector displaced parallel in a closed loop, say a small rectangle formed by geodesic sides, (δa) and δb) first, starting from a vertex A and going to another vertex in the diagonal, B; then starting from...
I'm trying to use Cartan's method to find the Schwarzschild metric components from Hughston and Tod's book 'An Introduction to General Relativity' (pages 89-90). I'm having problems calculating the components of the Ricci tensor.
The given distance element is
$$ ds^2 = e^{2 \lambda} dt^2 -...
Homework Statement
Prove Rijkl= k/R2 * (gik gjl-gil gjk) where gik is the 3 metric for FRW universe and K =0,+1,-1, and i,j=1,2,3, that is, spatial coordinates.
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Homework Equations
The Christoffel symbol definition:
Γμνρ = ½gμσ(∂ρgνσ+∂νgρσ-∂σgνρ)
and the Riemann tensor definition:
Rμνσρ =...
I need to find all the non-zero components of the Riemann Tensor in a two-dimensional geometry knowing that the only two non-zero components of the Christoffel symbols are:
\Gamma^x_{xx}=\frac{1}{x} and \Gamma^y_{yy}=\frac{2}{y}
knowing that: R^\alpha_{\beta\gamma\delta}=\partial_\gamma...
I am trying to calculate the Ricci tensor in terms of small perturbation hμν over arbitrary background metric gμν whit the restriction
\left| \dfrac{h_{\mu\nu}}{g_{\mu\nu}} \right| << 1
Following Michele Maggiore Gravitational Waves vol 1 I correctly expressed the Chirstoffel symbol in terms...
Many sources give explanations of the Riemann tensor that involve parallel transporting a vector around a loop and finding its deviation when it returns. They then show that this same tensor can be derived by taking the commutator of second covariant derivatives. Is there a way to understand why...
Hello, Riemann tensor ##R^i_{jkl}## 4 indexes, and it should be matrix 16x16 in spacetime if we have time coirdinate - 0 and space coordinates -1,2,3. But how should I write the components to matrix? For example ##\begin{pmatrix}R^0_{000} & R^1_{000} & R^2_{000} ... \\ R^0_{100} & R^1_{100} &...
I've thought of a new way (at least I never read it anywhere) of counting the independent components of the Riemann tensor, but I am not sure whether my arguments are valid, so I would like to ask whether my argument is sound or total bonkers.
The Riemann tensor gives the deviation of a vector A...
Suppose we wish to use Cartesian coordinates for points on the surface of a sphere. Then all derivatives of the metric would vanish and so the Riemann curvature tensor would vanish. But it would give us a wrong result, namely that the space is not curved. So it means that if we want to get...
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For usual Riemann curvature tensors defined: ##R^i_{qkl},## I read in the book of differential geometry that in 3-dimensional space, Ricci curvature tensors, ##R_{ql}=R^i_{qil}## can determine Riemann curvature tensors by the following relation...
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Basically the video talk about how moving from A to A'(which is basically A) in an anticlockwise manner will give a vector that is different from when the vector is originally in A in curved space.
$$[(v_C-v_D)-(v_B-v_A)]$$ will equal zero in flat space...
The Riemann-Christoffel Tensor (##R^{k}_{\cdot n i j}##) is defined as:
$$
R^{k}_{\cdot n i j}= \frac{\delta \Gamma^{k}_{j n}}{\delta Z^{i}} - \frac{\delta \Gamma^{k}_{i n}}{\delta Z^{j}}+ \Gamma^{k}_{i l} \Gamma^{l}_{j n}- \Gamma^{k}_{j l} \Gamma^{l}_{i n}
$$
My question is that it seems that...
What 20 index combinations yield Riemann tensor components (that are not identically zero) from which the rest of the tensor components can be determined?
Where can I find a derivation of the vacuum solution for GR directly from the Riemann tensor of zero trace, i.e., Weyl tensor, instead of the more traditional Schwarzschild derivation?
hi, I tried to take the covariant derivative of riemann tensor using christoffel symbols, but it is such a long equation that I have always been mixing up something. So, Could you share the entire solution, pdf file, or links with me? ((( I know this is the long way to derive the einstein...
Homework Statement
Given two spaces described by
##ds^2 = (1+u^2)du^2 + (1+4v^2)dv^2 + 2(2v-u)dudv##
##ds^2 = (1+u^2)du^2 + (1+2v^2)dv^2 + 2(2v-u)dudv##
Calculate the Riemann tensor
Homework Equations
Given the metric and expanding it ##~~~g_{τμ} = η_{τμ} + B_{τμ,λσ}x^λx^σ + ...##
We have...
I need to prove that $$D_\mu D_\nu \xi^\alpha = - R^\alpha_{\mu\nu\beta} \xi^\beta$$ where D is covariant derivative and R is Riemann tensor. ##\xi## is a Killing vector.
I have proved that $$D_\mu D_\nu \xi_\alpha = R_{\alpha\nu\mu\beta} \xi^\beta$$
I can't figure out a way to get the required...
Using Ray D'Inverno's Introducing Einstein's Relativity. Ex 6.31 Pg 90.
I am trying to calculate the purely covariant Riemann Tensor, Rabcd, for the metric
gab=diag(ev,-eλ,-r2,-r2sin2θ)
where v=v(t,r) and λ=λ(t,r).
I have calculated the Christoffel Symbols and I am now attempting the...
In chapter 8 of Padmanabhan's "Gravitation: Foundations and Frontiers" titiled Black Holes, where he wants to explain that the horizon singularity of the Schwarzschild metric is only a coordinate singularity, he does this by trying to find a scalar built from Riemann tensor and show that its...
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I am working through Hughston and Tod "An introduction to General Relativity" and have gotten stuck on their exercise [7.7] which asks to prove the following non- linear wave equation for the Riemann tensor in an empty space:
∇e∇eRabcd = 2Raedf Rbecf − 2Raecf Rbedf − Rabef Rcdef
I have...
How does one derive the general form of the Riemann tensor components when it is defined with respect to the Levi-Civita connection?
I assumed it was just a "plug-in and play" situation, however I end up with extra terms that don't agree with the form I've looked up in a book. In a general...
We have ##R^{1}_{212}## as the single independent Riemann tensor component, and I'm after ##R##. From symmetry properties and contracting we can attain the other non-zero components.
The solution then states that ##R_{11}=R^{1}_{111} + R^{2}_{121}=R^{2}_{121}## .
I thought it would have been...
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I'm studying Weinberg's 'Gravitation and Cosmology'. In particular, in the 'Curvature' chapter it says that the Riemann tensor cannot depend on ##g_{\mu\nu}## and its first derivatives only since:
What I don't understand is how introducing the second derivatives should change...
We know how objects such as the metric tensor and the Cristoffel symbol have symmetry to them (which is why g12 = g21 or \Gamma112 = \Gamma121)
Well I was wondering if the Riemann tensor Rabmv had any such symmetry. Are there any two or more particular indices that I could interchange and...
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I am trying to calculate the Riemann tensor for a 4D sphere. In D'inverno's book, I have this equation R^{a}_{bcd}=\partial_{c}\Gamma^{a}_{bd}-\partial_{d}\Gamma^{a}_{bc}+\Gamma^{e}_{bd}\Gamma^{a}_{ec}-\Gamma^{e}_{bc}\Gamma^{a}_{ed}
But the exercise asks me to calculate R_{abcd}. Do...
Suppose we are given two projection operators H' and H'' such that H' + H'' = 1, i.e. that any vector can be written as V = V' + V'' = (H' + H'') V. I'm trying to prove the formula
$$R(X',Y'')Z' \cdot V'' = (Z' \cdot (\nabla'_{X'}B') + \left<X'\cdot B', Z' \cdot B'\right>)(Y'', V'') + (V''...
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In Carroll's there is a brief mention of how to get an idea about the curvature tensor using two infinitesimal vectors. Exercise 7 in Chapter 3 asks to compute the components of Riemann tensor by using the series expression for the parallel propagator. Can anyone please provide a...
I was working on the derivation of the riemann tensor and got this
(1) ##\Gamma^{\lambda}_{\ \alpha\mu} \partial_\beta A_\lambda##
and this
(2) ##\Gamma^{\lambda}_{\ \beta\mu} \partial_\alpha A_\lambda##
How do I see that they cancel (1 - 2)?
##\Gamma^{\lambda}_{\ \alpha\mu}...
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Riemann tensor has a definition that independent of coordinate and dimension of manifold where you work with it.
see for example Geometry,Topology and physics By Nakahara Ch.7
In that book you can see a relation for Riemann tensor and that is usual relation according to Christoffel...
Homework Statement
Compute 21 elements of the Riemann curvature tensor in for dimensions. (All other elements should be able to produce through symmetries)
Homework Equations
R_{abcd}=R_{cdab}
R_{abcd}=-R_{abdc}
R_{abcd}=-R_{bacd}
The Attempt at a Solution
I don't see how 21...
I got trouble to understand the cyclic sum identity (the first Bianchi identity) of the Riemann curvature tensor:
{R^\alpha}_{[ \beta \gamma \delta ]}=0
or equivalently,
{R^\alpha}_{\beta \gamma \delta}+{R^\alpha}_{\gamma \delta \beta}+{R^\alpha}_{\delta \beta \gamma}=0.
I can understand the...
Hi all, I encounter a technical problem about tensor calculation when studying general relativity. I think it should be proper to post it here.
Riemann curvature tensor has Bianchi identity: R^\alpha_{[\beta\gamma\delta;\epsilon]}=0
Now given double (Hodge)dual of Riemann tensor: G = *R*, in...
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I am working through Visser's notes http://msor.victoria.ac.nz/twiki/pub/Courses/MATH465_2012T1/WebHome/notes-464-2011.pdf section 3.5 onward. I am trying to differentiate between the torsion and the Riemann curvature tensor in a heuristic manner.
It appears from "Geometric...
The work I have been following has me very confused... and I am almost sure I am making a mistake somewhere!
After working up to this equation:
\delta V = dX^{\mu}\delta X^{\nu} [\nabla_{\mu} \nabla_{\nu}]V
I am asked to calculate the curvature tensor. Now the way I did it, turned out...
In general 4d space time, the Riemann tensor has 20 independent components.
However, in a more symmetric metric, does the number of independent components reduce? Specifically, for the Schwartzchild metric, how many IC does the corresponding Riemann tensor have?
(I think it is 4, but I...
Homework Statement
Is there any painless way of calculating the Riemann tensor?
I have the metric, and finding the Christoffel symbols isn't that hard, especially if I'm given a diagonal metric.
Out of 40 components, most will be zero. But how do I know how to pick the indices of...
Homework Statement
I have the metric of a three sphere:
g_{\mu \nu} =
\begin{pmatrix}
1 & 0 & 0 \\
0 & r^2 & 0 \\
0 & 0 & r^2\sin^2\theta
\end{pmatrix}
Find Riemann tensor, Ricci tensor and Ricci scalar for the given metric.
Homework Equations
I have all the formulas I need, and I...
My professor asks, "Double check a formula that specifies how Riemann tensor is proportional to a curvature scalar." in our homework.
The closet thing I can find is the relation between the ricci tensor and the curvature scalar in einstein's field equation for empty space.